Eurofighter jets get green light from the government

THE government gave the green light for a third order of Eurofighter Typhoon jets yesterday, after months of delays caused by rising costs.<br /><br />The consortium which builds the jets, made up of BAE, EADS and Finmeccanica of Italy, welcomed the move, and said the deal was worth around &euro;8bn (&pound;7.16bn).<br /><br />The planes are expected to be ordered later this year, following further negotiations with partner countries Germany, Italy and Spain.<br /><br />&ldquo;The agreement that the UK has confirmed today sends a clear signal of customer commitment,&rdquo;&nbsp;chief executive of Eurofighter Enzo Casolini said yesterday.<br /><br />The Eurofighter will become the main fighter jet for the RAF from 2010, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown says it will boost jobs and defence capabilities for the UK.<br /><br />Defence minister John Hutton said the number of aircraft to be ordered had not been finalised and would form part of the further talks.<br /><br />The four countries started the Eurofighter programme in 1988. They have been in talks over sharing 112 combat jets between them.<br /><br />An estimated 40 planes are expected to be for Britain.